The replacement for the fantastic X58 chipset is here in the shape of the X79. We can't tell you all about it yet, you'll have to wait a little longer for the ins and outs, but we know you're all gagging to get a look at the motherboards. The ASUS Rampage III Extreme was one of the most popular enthusiast level motherboards on the market so we're pretty sure that the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme will follow in those footsteps.
Something always stirs our soul when we see a new Rampage board. Flicking open the Velcro front reveals the first clues of what X79 brings us. But we'll leave you waiting a moment longer.
This little box of tricks is the ASUS RoG OC Key. This plugs into the graphics card and allows you to overclock the system in real time with an on-screen display and live hardware monitoring. Potentially a game-changing box of tricks and we can't wait to try it out.
And here it is in all its glory. The eagle-eyed amongst you will instantly be drawn to the DIMM sockets, all eight of them. The socket itself is the latest Intel 2011 one, and ASUS have given us the option of retaining our LGA1366 CPU cooler if we desire. Very helpful for those with monster air-coolers, or a water loop.
The business end of the Rampage IV Extreme has a really cool feature. The top PCI Express slot has a triple slot gap before the next one. Really useful if you're fortunate enough to own the ASUS Mars II for example, but equally almost and GPU will benefit from a bit of extra space to maximise airflow.
The certainly isn't a shortage of SATA options. Alongside that are some temperature monitoring points, if you're the kind of person who is on first name terms with your local LN2 supplier this could prove very handy indeed.
There certainly is a lot of power available to the board, with an 8 Pin and 4 Pin connector behind the CPU socket. As well as the usual ASUS high-end features, there is also a cool feature that allows you to 'hotwire' your system for extremely fine voltage control without having to trim variable resistors.
The IO at the back has nearly everything you could wish for, including a plethora of USB ports. It's been a while since we've seen active cooling on an ASUS Intel board. We hope that it's more precautionary.
Not long as you'll be able to read our full review of the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme. In the meantime discuss your thoughts in our forums.